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8 Movies You Must Watch if You Love The Beach Bum

March 25, 2019
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Some movies don’t make you think too much, don’t make you feel too much and don’t really ask for anything from you as a viewer. ‘The Beach Bum’ is one such film. Starring Matthew McConaughey, this film is a comedy that revolves around the life of a man called Moondog. Moondog does nothing but smoke weed, drink beer and chill by the beach, preaching about finishing the next Great American Novel. The film just shows us the simple joys of life and how one should truly live even when surrounded by misfortunes.

‘Beach Bum’ is the kind of movie you can watch when you come back home after a long day at work and just want to watch something that relaxes your mind. Thrillers, science-fiction and everything else is great but sometimes, we just need some good positives vibes that freshen up our minds. ‘The Beach Bum’ gives something of that sort with its amazing star cast that not only includes McConaughey but also Jonah Hill, Zac Efron, and Snoop Dogg. So we’ve made you a whole list of movies that you can watch without bending your minds too much. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Beach Bum’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Beach Bum’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

8. Spanglish (2004)

‘Spanglish’ tells the story of a young Mexican woman named Flor who moves to Los Angeles hoping to find a better life with her daughter there. When she arrives there, she gets hired by the Claskys as their housekeeper. What follows is Flor’s struggle to overcome the language barrier, her daughter’s teenage blues and also the insecurities of Mrs. Clasky. ‘Spanglish’ is funny at times and also gets a little emotional at times, it’s just perfect for a date where you just want to sit and chill with your partner while watching something light.

7. Magic Mike (2012)

Starring Channing Tatum, ‘Magic Mike’ tells the story of a man who tries to keep his head afloat during the day doing all kinds of odd jobs like construction, laying tiles over roofs and building furniture. But by night, Mike becomes a superstar stripper who is known for his seductive dancing talent. Mike runs into a 19-year-old college drop-out kid and sees potential in him as a stripper. He makes him a part of their team but later lands himself in some serious trouble because of the reckless lifestyle of the kid. Mike also develops a love interest but realizes that his stripper lifestyle seems to be getting in the way of the relationship. The film follows a simple yet interesting plot and this one has a little more for the ladies out there.

6. Baywatch (2017)

‘Baywatch’ is nothing but a buddy cop movie that offers a little charm with its cast. Big biceps, bikinis and some sense of humor, that’s all this film offers. But that’s exactly what we’re looking for, right? A little bit of drama, a little crime solving, some light action and silly comedy. So a good movie is always relative. It always comes down to what you’re looking for. You can’t expect much of a plot from a comedy that’s about lifeguards solving a crime, can you? ‘Baywatch‘ is entertaining and you will enjoy every bit of it if you intend to do so.

5. The Descendants (2011)

What makes this film better than the others on this list is the solid performances by the actors in this film which includes Shailene Woodley and George Clooney. ‘The Descendants’ is a very simple comedy-drama that revolves around the life of a man and his two daughters who live on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. The film has more comedy than drama and just gives a very straight forward yet brilliant projection of how life can be sometimes regardless of where you stay or what you do. Life can get really messy at times but even during times like these, we should learn to just keep moving ahead along with those who love us and ‘The Descendants‘ teaches us exactly that. The film also ends on a good peaceful note with a beautiful soundtrack, all of this together will leave you invigorated and revitalized .

4. The Tiger Hunter (2016)

‘The Tiger Hunter’ follows the story of an Indian man named Sami Malik who dreams of being an engineer someday in the US so that he can impress his childhood love and show her that he is capable of being successful in life. But when Rami does not get the job he was looking for, he has to lower is expectations and settle for something lesser. While settling for a low-end job, Sami joins a group of oddball friends, still hoping that he would be able to impress his childhood crush by showing her that he is more successful than he actually is. This lighthearted dramedy has a very typical and predictable story but the sweet characters of the film give it a unique touch and make it enjoyable.

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3. The Last Hurrah (2009)

‘The Last Hurrah’ is surprisingly good for a movie that was filmed in one single shot. This film is again a light comedy about a group of philosophy college graduates who party for the one last time together in their house that’s full of memories. Apart from the comedy, the film also offers some good quotes related to philosophy. A camera floats around everywhere and captures conversations that may or may not have some significance. The tagline of the movie is “One shot to get it right” and it does manage to get most things right. Overall, it is an enjoyable movie that won’t really move or inspire you in any way, but will prove to be way more entertaining than those meaningless comedy films of today.

2. 50 First Dates (2004)

Starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, ‘50 First Dates‘ is the heart touching story of a man named Henry who falls in love with a woman, Lucy who suffers from short term memory loss and all of her memories are lost after 24 hours. But that does not stop Henry from loving her and he tries to make every single day special for Lucy by making her fall in love with him all over again every single day. This movie is the exact definition of a feel-good film, although it does tend to go a little overboard with the “feels” by the end. So don’t be surprised if you’re crying by the time it’s over. It’s almost like one of those movies where the protagonist is stuck in the same day and has to find a way to break the pattern, the only difference being that this is not science-fiction. This film will surely blow your expectation, so make sure you watch it.

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1. Spring Breakers (2012)

This one comes from the director of ‘The Beach Bum’, Harmony Korine. ‘Spring Breakers’, too, on the surface, may just seem like another party movie about a bunch of teenage girls who want to have a good time and live like there’s no tomorrow. But there’s more to it. The movie also sends out a message about where the generation of today stands and how their hunger for instant gratification completely destroys them. Do not listen to the critics, because this is actually a very good film with a solid cast. If you enjoyed Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’, then you’ll surely love this one.

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